Number of Credits: 4 credits
Course Code: 13-5-312
Fields of Study: Archeology, History.
The course begins with an introduction to the basic geography of the Negev and then systematically reviews the archaeology of the region from the Neolithic, ca. 6,000 BCE, to the end of the Iron Age, 586 BCE. The subject is approached chronologically, and each period is approached historically, and in terms of its material culture and associated remains.
The general goal of the course is to explore the long term history of the Negev, with emphasis on the development of desert society and the relationships between the people of the desert, their environment, and the sedentary peoples living in the Mediterranean zone. Archaeology serves as the primary means of this exploration, but historical texts and ethnography will be drawn upon as well.
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1.Know the historical framework of the Negev from 6,000 BCE onwards.
2.Understand the unique features of living in an arid zone in the past.
3.Comprehend the historiography of Desert and Sown relationships.
4.Be familiar with main theoretical issues of Southern Levantine Archaeology.
5 .Summarize basic themes in the human and physical geography of the Negev.
Lecture: 4 Total # of Credits: 4
ECTS (European Credit Transfer System): 6